In Maine, the Supreme Judicial Court declared, “The requirement that the disease be ‘characteristic of or peculiar to’ the occupation of the claimant precludes coverage of diseases contracted merely because the employee was on the job. Russell v. Camden Community Hospital, 359 A.2d 607, 611 (1976).
It provided the following example:
Furthermore, it held, “…the disease must be so distinctively associated with the employee's occupation that there is a direct causal connection between the duties of the employment and the disease contracted.” Id. at 612.
In summation, the vast majority of employees who contract COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of Maine.